Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pagri or Indian Turban

Pagri is a traditional turban of India. It consists of a piece of cloth, appearing like a scarf. The piece of cloth is curled across the head to create the reverent headgear, Pagri. The turban also shows the social status of its wearer. It has an inherent link to Indian culture. The scriptures of Hinduism, the Vedas and the Indian civilization tell a lot about turban and its importance in Indian men’s costume. It is a part of traditional attire of many tribes in India.

Diversity is popular in Indian turban. Pagri is made of cotton muslin, hand-dyed i.e. zigzag pattern, bandhani fabric, known as stone-studded Pagri, lahariya. Colours of Pagri also comprise diverse connotations. For instance, Sikh Khalsa community show them in navy and orange coloured Pagri. Red and pink are colours of harmony, festivity, joy and revelry. So the turban is suitable for social ceremony and wedding party.

Pagri has a lot of religious significance for Sikh community. During the baptism ceremony of Sikhism, men take an oath to not cut their hair. They always wear Pagri outside their home. To maintain long hair, they wear turban and properly fit in their hairs in it. Pagri is called Dastar in Sikhism.

The stylish Pagri is a valuable part of Rajasthani traditional costume. Men living in Rajput community wear colourful Pagri, beautiful with a royal aura. Safa is another name of Pagri in Hindi. There are different patterns of Pagri as per the origin, class, caste and other aspects. For instance, people living in Udaipur adorn themselves in flat turban, while Safa is bestowed with curved bands.

Moreover, the fabric used in Pagri also represents the status of its wearer. A man wearing silk Pagri is mainly from the upper class of the society. The materials used to design Pagri matter a lot.